The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave #1) by Rick Yancey

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The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave #1) by Rick YanceyThe 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
Series: The 5th Wave #1
Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers on May 7th 2013
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Pages: 457
Format: Audiobook, Hardcover
Narrator: Phoebe Strole, Brandon Espinoza
Source: Library
Length: 12 hours 44 minutes
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4.5 Stars

After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it's the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth's last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie's only hope for rescuing her brother-or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.

The Audiobook

I listened to this on audio and I really enjoyed these narrators! They definitely immersed me into this world and brought the characters to life for me. I honestly don’t think I would have enjoyed the romance as much as I did if I hadn’t listened to this on audio. This is one of those audiobooks that I preferred to listen to over reading the physical book. The story is definitely action packed and full of so many twist and turns. I had a hard time putting this one down.

The World

I loved the way the world is set up in this book. The book starts after the alien invasion has already happened, but we get flashbacks that show us how everything went down. I found this apocalypse to be realistic. I love reading post apocalyptic books because I love seeing different imaginings of how the world could end. Now that I’ve typed that sentence, it sounds so morbid LOL. But it’s true – I like seeing how the world ends! This world is pretty ruthless and I really enjoyed seeing Cassie navigate it.

The Characters

I love Cassie! She is exactly the spunky, stubborn, strong, and smart type of main character that I love reading about. I loved that family was so important to Cassie. Her love for her brother really resonated with me. I liked Evan as a character as well – he is totally my type of book boyfriend! He’s strong and capable and I was definitely shipping it – melty chocolatey eyes and all. 😛 Yes, his eyes are described that way, a lot actually LOL. I think listening to the book on audio helped me to not get annoyed by that description. Reading that descriptor repeatedly would definitely have gotten on my nerves! I still rolled my eyes a few times.

In Summary

Overall, I really enjoyed this book! I think it’s a great start to the series. This book was action packed and really kept me on my toes. I loved the setting of this post apocalyptic world and I really enjoyed Cassie as a main character. I thought the narrators were great and would definitely recommend this on audio for people who enjoy audiobooks. If you love books about alien invasions and the end of the world, definitely check this book out!

What is your favorite alien invasion book or series?

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3 Responses to “The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave #1) by Rick Yancey”

  1. Sebastian

    OMG, the melty chocolatey eyes, how will I ever be able to forget them XD

    Even though the 5th Wave series lost me a bit with the disappointing third book I still have almost only good memories of the first one. Yes, the romance can be annoying but I really liked the alien invasion part and found it very creepy that you couldn’t trust anyone anymore. Btw I really liked how they showed the invasion part in the movie version but somehow I doubt we’ll ever see the rest of the story on the big screen 😀

    I have a really hard time trying to think of my favorite alien story but I had a really great time with Ernest Cline’s “Armada” because it was so nerdy and full of pop culture references. I also like H.G. Well’s “The War of the Worlds” story even though I have to admit that I only know the Tom Cruise movie version and haven’t read the book itself yet.

    Another alien invasion story I really liked was “The Taking” by Dean Koontz which I’ve read almost 8 years ago but I remember that it quite freaked me out while I was listening to it in the dark 😀
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